All Nippon Airways (ANA) has rolled out new first class and business class cabins for its B777-300ER aircraft.
The new cabin products, dubbed “THE Suite” and “THE Room”, will be featured on the first redesigned B777-300ER aircraft on the Tokyo/Haneda-London route starting August 2.
The new products were born out of five years of design development and collaboration between famed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and leading British designers Acumen.
ANA’s New First Class Seat: Meet “THE Suite”
Among the most noticeable changes to the remodeled aircraft are the all-new First Class seats. Designed with impeccable attention to detail, THE Suite is inspired by luxury Japanese hotels and is the most spacious fully enclosed seating ever seen on an ANA aircraft. New features include the addition of privacy-enhancing doors as well as a crystal-clear 43 inch monitor that is the world’s first 4K personal monitor on a commercial airliner. THE Suite also boasts a movable partition which can be adjusted upon request to pair seats as well as a universal PC and USB port. For the ultimate grandeur, a luxury dark wood finish features throughout the cabin.
ANA’s New Business Class Space: Enter “THE Room”
At the heart of ANA’s new product investment is a brand new seat design for Business Class called THE Room. Inspired by modern, multifunctional Japanese living spaces, THE Room offers for the first time flexible doors for personal privacy that can also be adjusted to share the space with fellow travel companions – from dining together with the family to conducting meetings with colleagues.
The Room offers a bold forward and rearward seat layout concept, and presents one of the largest Business Class seating environments available. Find a wide sofa that is double the width to previous Business Class seating, and a focus on minimization and de-cluttering. The Business Class seat offers a ‘place for everything’ including discreet areas for all personal belongings, with deep blue accent hues precisely placed inside each compartment.
To bring warmth and a ‘home away from home’ feel to the cabin, Kengo Kuma finished the seats with three different wood finishes inspired by modern Japanese homes – Rosewood, Light Japanese Ash and Dark Japanese Ash.
New Premium Economy and Economy Class Seats
To celebrate the rich and magnificent history of Japan, the new Premium Economy and Economy Class upholstery has been redesigned with Japanese patterns that tell a story known as “The Journey.” Traditional prints include a tatami mat pattern representing a Japanese welcome, and an arrow design taken from the Yagasuri pattern to suggest movement and direction.
Passengers traveling in Premium Economy and Economy Class will also enjoy an enhanced flight experiences, such as improved touch screen monitors and headrests that are adjustable along six distinct axes.
Enhancement of In-flight Entertainment System
ANA is first in the world to introduce 4K resolution personal monitor on commercial aircraft. This is featured in First Class and Business Class. The screen adjusts to the lighting and the reclining angles.
Personal seat monitors in all classes are powered by ANA’s advanced MY SKY CHANNEL application for a fully customizable entertainment experience. The Android and iOS app allows all customers to browse in-flight entertainment programs before the flight and create a favorite list that can be accessed through a paired seat monitor. Passengers can also use their personal mobile devices to control the programs playing on the seat monitor as well as using their devices as second screens for entertainment content.
New Interior Cabin Design
Complementing the comfort-boosting upgrades to seating areas, ANA has also completely revamped the entrance area of the aircraft to create a hotel like reception complete with welcome monitors.
As for dining, ANA has also designed a new food service area to embody the Japanese ‘Omotenashi’ philosophy of hospitality. With customers wanting more space and freedom to move around onboard, ANA Now has a self-service bar area with mini-fridges stocked with beverages and snacks. The contemporary design of the galleys integrates a back light panel which incorporates patterns inspired by traditional Japanese hand-made paper, known as “washi.”
All Business Class passengers will also have the opportunity to pre-order their meals on the ANA website up to 24 hours before departure and can choose from menus from other routes ensuring the passengers are given the best service possible. Starting this month on North America and Europe routes, ANA will provide six different menu choices, including the collaboration cuisine with star Chef Yonemura – an amenity that had been available only for passengers on the Asian routes.